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First Generation Muslim-Americans Navigate Challenges of Faith and Country

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

This generation of Muslim-Americans are some of the first to grow up entirely in the United States. For those making the choice to depart from their parents’ faith, the decision can be traumatic—in some cases it can even tear apart families. Kamran, a first generation Afghan-American; Tasneem, a first generation South Asian-American; and Zahra Noorbakhsh, a first generation Iranian-American discuss the ways they're navigating their religion, culture, and nationality.

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WNYC News

Report: NYPD's Surveillance of Muslims 'Harmful'

Monday, March 11, 2013

The New York Police Department’s surveillance of the Muslim community has had harmful consequences, according to a report being released Monday from the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition and its partners.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sacred Ground

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core and the author of Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America, talks about the need for interfaith on the anniversary of the 2001 attacks.

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WNYC News

Mayor Defends Surveillance of Muslim Students

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

As Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the NYPD's surveillance of Muslim students at colleges across the region, student groups and college officials spoke out, with some calling for an investigation of the NYPD.

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WNYC News

City Council Pushes Back on NYPD Intelligence Programs

Friday, October 07, 2011

The NYPD has created the largest municipal counter-terrorism unit in the world — committing 1,000 officers to the effort, placing detectives in liaison positions around the world and relying on a covert intelligence component. There's been very little opposition to the program — but that changed this week.

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WNYC News

Lawyers Seek to Prevent NYPD From Destroying Muslim Surveillance Records

Monday, October 03, 2011

Civil liberties lawyers sought to impose a restraining order on the NYPD in federal court Monday to stop the destruction of any evidence related to the alleged surveillance of Muslim communities since the September 11 attacks.

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The Takeaway

American Muslims and the 2012 Election

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One Takeaway from Monday night's Republican presidential debate was a religious one. Businessman Herman Cain was pressed on earlier statements he made saying he would not appoint a Muslim to his administration, unless they passed a loyalty test. Cain, who continues to rise in polls, clarified that he said he would not be comfortable having a Muslim in his administration – not that he wouldn’t appoint one.

Are Muslim Americans the next voting bloc to be courted?

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The Takeaway

Peter King's History With Muslims

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Congressional hearings on Islamic Extremism in America begin Thursday morning in front of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Congressman Peter King (R-NY), chair of the committee, called the hearings in order to start a debate over whether American Muslims are doing enough to prevent home-grown terrorism plots. Rep. King has a long history interacting with Muslims who live in his Long Island district and some say his relationship with the Muslim community changed drastically after 9/11. Many complain that singling out one religious group and tying it to extremism is discriminatory.

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